I've had some sad news today. The sad news is about the apparent demise of Brutus the Wolf. I mentioned in an earlier post, that Brutus was not with his pack, way up there in Ellsemere Island, nor was his radio collar transmitting anything. It's still not transmitting anything, so he is presumed dead, but unless the people at the local weather station can find something out, they won't know for sure until around July 4. I guess it's very difficult to get there much before then, or at least the conditions necessary for getting around on an Arctic island are very difficult till then. This is all very sad.
On the other hand, Brutus was apparently about 10 years old. That's pretty old for a wolf in the wild, and it looks like he did live a nice wolf life in a tough environment. He sured a lot of pups, some of whom are still apparently with the pack, so his genes, if nothing else, are probably living on. And you could say, while alive, he did the job nature intended him to do, which is good enough. Still, it's sad, especially for the researchers, to lose one of the wolves whose movements they were tracking.
Rest in peace, Brutus the Wolf,